Places to visit in Chikmagalur for road trippers, tourists and travelers
Chikmagalur, a city located at the foothills of the highest mountain range in Karnataka a popular weekend getaway from Bangalore. This serene town which is primarily known for its vast coffee estates (it was also the first place in India to grow coffee) is an excellent tourist destination especially during the monsoon season. The innumerable rivers, vast forests and beautiful waterfalls make Chikmagalur a paradise for trekking enthusiasts and those who just want to escape the chaos of a city life for a couple of days. If you’re planning a trip to this nice city, here are 5 places to visit in Chikmagalur that you should not miss.
Chikmagalur – The Place with Beauty of Wildlife Sanctuary, Hills, Water Falls and More
The Kudremukh National Park is a huge wildlife sanctuary situated around 96 kilometres from Chikmagalur. It derives its name from the Kudremukh (Kudre – Horse, Mukha – Face ) hill which resembles the face of a horse and is the 3rd largest peak in Karnataka. This entire region is a trekkers paradise with numerous trails ranging over the grass-covered hills interspersed by thick evergreen forests. Due to the perfect environment, the National Park is home to tigers, leopards, gaurs, bears and deer. Three life-giving rivers of Karnataka – Tunga, Bhadra, and Nethravati, originate in the Kudremukh National Park.
Baba Budangiri (Datta Peeta)
The Baba Budangiri hill is the second highest peak in Karnataka and lies in the Baba Budan mountain range which was named after a Sufi saint named Baba Budan. The highest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri, also lies in this range and together with Baba Budangiri forms the Chandradrona Parvatha Shreni as they naturally form the shape of a crescent moon. Located a mere 25 kms from Chikmagalur, this place is also known for three caves which house the tombs of three Siddhas (religious oracles) and are a popular pilgrimage destination.
Mullayanagiri is not only the highest peak in Karnataka, it also happens to be the tallest mountain between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The view from the peak is, expectedly, spectacular and the world just looks different from a height of 1,930 metres. Breathtaking views from various points and brilliant trails make Mullayanagiri one of the most popular trekking destinations in South India. The climb up to the peak is a challenging one as you are buffeted by winds growing stronger with each increase in the gradient, but the thought of getting to see the surrounding lands from that height is a very strong motivator.
One of the most scenic destinations in Chikmagalur, the Hebbe Falls are a very popular place for picnics with friends or family. Surrounded by vast expanses of greenery and coffee plantations, this waterfall can be reached by a 8 km trek from Kemmagudi (transportation is also available for those who need it). While the path is a bit challenging, hearing the water breaking against the rocks keeps you in enough suspense to want to catch a glimpse of the sight and the scenic views along the way will definitely keep you going. Descending from a height of 168 metres, the falls is divided into two stages – the Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and the Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). During the monsoon season, you have the chance to see the Hebbe Falls in all their glory as the water supply is uninterrupted.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Located 35 kilometres from Chikmagalur, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a number of wild animal and bird species and is a protected Project Tiger area. Apart from tigers and deer, there are close to 250 species of birds and a few species of reptiles in the region. The sanctuary is named after the Bhadra river that flows through it. Deciduous trees can be found in abundance here and the forests are comprised of more than a hundred species of trees including teak, rosewood, mathi and kindal. Wildlife safaris are commonly conducted in the Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary which offer you the chance to see the wild animals in their natural habitat.
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